Thanksgiving Quotes: The Best Thanksgiving Quotations
Celebrate the season with this collection of Thanksgiving Quotations:
Top 25 Thanksgiving Quotations
by Danielle Hollsiter
"It is therefore recommended ... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth
day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one
heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of
their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine
-- Samuel Adams, father of the American Revolution on November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation)
2. "Gratitude is the sign of noble souls."
-- Aesop's Fables
3. "Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory."
4. "One act of thanksgiving made when things go wrong is worth a thousand when things go well."
5. "Thanksgiving is a circle of memories."
6. "Thanksgiving is a time for remembering and appreciating the special people in our lives. Our home is warmed by the love of family and friends."
7. "What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?"
-- Erma Bombeck
8. "My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor."
-- Phyllis Diller
9. "I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
10. "Who does not thank for little will not thank for much."
-- Estonian proverb
11. "Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving."
-- Kahlil Gibran
12. "There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day . . . is the one day that is purely American."
-- O. Henry
13. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
14. "An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day."
-- Irv Kupcinet
15. "Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."
-- Edward Sandford Martin
16. "Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings."
-- J. Robert Moskin
17. "Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude."
-- E.P. Powell
18. "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."
-- WT Purkiser
19. "Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
-- Theodore Roosevelt
20. "Great as the preparations were for the dinner, everything was so contrived that not a soul in the house should be kept from the morning service of Thanksgiving in the church."
-- Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe
21. "How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people."
-- Sir John Templeton
22. "Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse."
-- Henry Van Dyke
22. "It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor."
-- George Washington in his first Presidential Proclamation
23. "The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving."
-- H. U. Westermayer
24. "And let these altars, wreathed with flowers And piled with fruits, awake again Thanksgivings for the golden hours, The early and the latter rain!"
-- John Greenleaf Whittier
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10 Thanksgiving Quotes to Celebrate The True Meaning of Thanksgiving
by Noel Jameson
Ready for some Thanksgiving quotes? I don't mean the "I'm thankful for my Nintendo Wii" or the "I'm thankful for my new car" quotes that we hear all too often lately. I mean some real Thanksgiving quotes that remind us of what we really have to be thankful for. Here are 10 Thanksgiving quotes to celebrate and ponder.
1. "The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving."
~ H.U. Westermayer
2. "Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."
~ Edward Sandford Martin
3. "There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American."
~ O. Henry
4. "You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled."
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
5. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
6. "We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction."
~ Harry A. Ironside
7. "It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful 'in general.' It's very strange. It's a little like being married in general."
~ Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
8. "It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast."
~ W. J. Cameron
9. "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."
10. "Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men, but be careful that you do not take the day and leave out the gratitude."
~ E.P. Powell
This Thanksgiving Day, let's remember what we truly have to be thankful for. Let's take a good, hard look around us and realize that while we may not have everything we want, what we want is not always what we need. Let these ten Thanksgiving quotes remind you of the true meaning of this great American holiday as you celebrate with friends and family.
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